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ADRL Enjoys Record-Setting History at SGMP

O’FALLON, MO (Apr. 16, 2010) —After rain cut short the opening round of the American Drag Racing League’s (ADRL’s) 2010 season last month at Houston, the eighth-mile drag racing series returns to action Apr. 23-24, with the ADRL Hardee’s Georgia Drags VI at South Georgia Motorsports Park (SGMP), near Valdosta.
Several record-setting runs were recorded during qualifying at Houston Raceway Park before the wet stuff arrived and similar performances are expected at SGMP, known for its fast, all-concrete racing surface and as the only venue remaining on the ADRL tour since the series’ inaugural 2005 schedule.
South Georgia has been the site of several ADRL firsts, including the first three-second pass by a Pro Nitrous entry when Shannon Jenkins turned the trick in 2006 (right), the first official Pro Extreme run below 3.9 seconds by Jason Scruggs, and that same year, the debut of what would become the series’ popular Extreme 10.5 class.
In 2007, Georgia Drags III attracted more than 30,000 fans as the ADRL expanded its revolutionary complimentary ticket program to the south-Georgia/north-Florida market, setting a new standard for attendance at SGMP.
Out on the track, Scruggs (left) struck again with the quickest and fastest pass in ADRL history to that point, covering the 660-foot distance in just 3.8 seconds at 198.67 miles per hour and Ohio’s Steve Drake won the ADRL’s first-ever Pro Extreme Motorcycle event.
The next year, eventual ADRL Pro Nitrous World Champion Billy Harper furthered SGMP’s record-setting reputation as he left with a then-unreal 3.91 elapsed time record set along the way to his career-first ADRL win. Also popular with the partisan Georgia fans were wins by home-state heroes Mike Hill and Coodee Thomas in Extreme 10.5 and Pro Extreme Motorcycle, respectively.
Last year at SGMP, Billy Glidden lowered the Extreme 10.5 ET record to 4.08 seconds in winning his fourth-straight ADRL national event (remarkably, the year would end with the record set at 3.92), while eventual Pro Nitrous champion Khalid Al-Balooshi (below, right) made the quickest pass in class history with a pole-sitting 3.87 qualifying effort and Extreme Pro Stock winner Brian Gahm also took home a 4.05 ET record from SGMP.
For 2010, current Pro Nitrous speed record holder Jim Halsey has declared 200 mph within reach and recently suggested it may happen at SGMP next weekend. Additionally, after making a 3.8-second
pass in qualifying at Houston, 2009 Extreme 10.5 World Champ Spiro Pappas will be looking to repeat the feat in Georgia and officially back it up within the required one percent for a new ADRL record.
Both Extreme Pro Stock and Pro Extreme Motorcycle saw performance records rewritten at Houston, too, with Cary Goforth resetting both ET and speed marks for the cars and Ashley Owens becoming the quickest ADRL two-wheeler in history. And of course, the ADRL’s top supercharged Pro Extreme teams are flirting with the 210-mph barrier and the Hardee’s Georgia Drags VI will see the U.S. driving debut of Sheikh Khalid Al-Thani of Qatar, who recently won the Arabian Drag Racing League Pro Extreme championship.
A lot of ADRL history has been written at South Georgia Motorsports Park and the facility enjoys a sterling reputation with competitors and fans alike. Remarkably, each race each year outshines the previous and there’s every reason to believe the ADRL Hardee’s Georgia Drags VI will continue the tradition.
(ADRL Hubbard/Tocher/Richards file photos)
 
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